SMS Electronics Triples XJTAG Licenses to Meet Upsurge in Demand
October 24, 2008 -- SMS Electronics, one of the UK’s leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) companies, has tripled the number of XJTAG boundary scan system licenses it holds to enable it to meet an upsurge in production demand at its 11,000 square meter manufacturing facility in Nottingham, England.
The new licenses will be funded by SMS switching to XJTAG’s credit crunch beating corporate licensing plan, which is aimed at corporate customers with multiple licenses. The new license plan, which includes a five-year price promise, as well as support, maintenance and annual upgrades, is designed to help customers expand their capability while keeping a handle on costs.
"The XJTAG system is now a strategic product for us and we are increasingly using it in place of traditional and costly in-circuit test fixtures," said Chris Hunt, Sales and Marketing Director of SMS Electronics. "We had no hesitation in tripling the number of XJTAG seats at our facility, particularly as XJTAG’s new corporate licensing plan allows us to take advantage of the incredible five-year price promise - keeping a tight reign on capital expenditure is important during the current climate."
SMS Electronics has seen a substantial increase in production output in 2008 following a spate of new contract wins, the success of its fast turnaround printed circuit board prototyping operation, and the launch of SMS Product Services which provides full product lifecycle support. SMS Electronics was as an early adopter of XJTAG boundary scan and uses it throughout its operation and also encourages customers to utilise the system as a debug and development tool.
"Several of our OEM customers now have their own XJTAG licences and as a result of this and the success of our own prototyping business, an increasing proportion of the high complexity boards that we are manufacturing are XJTAG-enabled," added Hunt. "XJTAG is gaining wide market acceptance because it’s remarkably easy-to-use, designer-friendly and because it consistently and significantly reduces new product introduction timescales and lifecycle costs."
XJTAG’s IEEE Std. 1149.x compliant boundary scan development system is cost-effective solution for the entire product lifecycle. It is used worldwide by design engineers, developers, OEMs and contract manufacturers for debugging, testing and programming complex ball grid array populated printed circuit boards (PCBs) and systems.
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